SHAH ALAM: The Defence Ministry has floated the tender for the five year leasing of four medium-lift helicopters for the Army’s Air Wing. The request for bids was published on July 5 and closes on August 11. The Army is leasing the helicopters following the retirement of the Nuri in 2019.
The notice states that
The tenderer is to provide leasing service of four (4) medium category utility helicopters and shall be State Registered and meet Directorate General Technical Airworthiness (DGTA)
state registration requirements.
Requirement for aircraft services as a platform to Tim Nukleus Rej 882 PUTD for training and operational flight duty. It shall adopt the concept Performance Base Contract (PBC) for duration of three (3) to five (5) years.
Specifications published called for a helicopter which can carry at least two crew and 10 passengers;
maximum take off load from 6,000kg to 20,000kg and endurance of four to five hours. The aircraft must be certified for day/night VFR and instrumentation to carry out IFR.
The helicopter shall be powered by at least two (2) turbine engines. The engines shall come with Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) System with manual back-up or equivalent.
The engines shall be equipped with engine chip detector. It shall have an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) for the starting of engine, Environmental Control Systems (ECS), lighting and all pre-flight essential system. Transmission system shall be equipped with chip detector and warning system for both main gearbox and tail gearbox
Mi-17s cannot be offered as
The landing gear shall be a retractable type with an emergency
Apart from normal flying, the helicopter must also be able to carry underslung, spie-rig, deck landing and search and rescue missions. The underslung gear must be able to carry up 1,814kg of load.
The winning bidder must also provide training for qualified flight instructors, pilots, co-pilots, crew, engineers and technicians. The helicopter must also be delivered six months after the Letter of Award is issued. The helicopters will be based at Kuantan as the Tim Nukleus Rej 882 is currently headquartered at the Kem Batu 10, Gambang. It is likely the helicopters will be operated from the adjacent Kuantan airbase.
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